Mattel Reviews in El Segundo, CA

Updated September 2, 2014
Updated September 2, 2014
230 Reviews
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230 Reviews
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Mattel CEO and Director Bryan G. Stockton
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • good work life balance, good salaries, half day fridays, good health insurance plan (in 63 reviews)

  • There are many work/life balance initiatives to take advantage of (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • work/life balance is nearly non-existent: emails and work on weekends, late nights (in 13 reviews)

  • Some long hours and weekend emails (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    You're making toys!

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    Former Employee - Designer  in  El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Designer in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I worked with really nice and helpful people and I had a great manager. The work is fun and collaborative. Friday's a short and that is really great. It's even greater if you have kids! Halloween and Christmas is amazing there.

    Cons

    Very long meetings so you get little time to do your work and the approval process is intense. The food they serve in the cafe is not good, there needs to be a healthier option and good food for all that amazing talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure employees don't have to work long nights and a lot of overtime, it's a burn-out.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Eh

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    Current Employee - Senior Executive Assistant  in  El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Executive Assistant in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Mattel full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours, half day Fridays, Discount on Toys. Company closed during Christmas and New Year's holiday

    Cons

    Its who you know then what you know that gets you promoted or advance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good people, but hierarchical and dated thinking

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    Current Employee - 4faaf418@opayq.com  in  El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - 4faaf418@opayq.com in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Mattel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    In general, the people at Mattel are what make it a good place to work. It's a congenial atmosphere. In addition, the workload is pretty reasonable most of the time.

    Cons

    There is very little to make the company stand out...pay is ok, benefits are ok, perks are ok. The company is very efficient in the way it manages its manufacturing and product development processes, but in general, the thinking feels old-fashioned and slow to adapt to current marketplace forces.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall Good Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, half-day fridays, extra floating holidays, development courses, talented and smart employees.

    Cons

    Work-life balance sometimes difficult to achieve, dated corporate environment, top heavy with too many chiefs in the village. Political path to promotions. No transparency.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great, so far!

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Packaging  in  El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Packaging in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Mattel full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    People and work life balance are great!

    Cons

    Creative culture could improve -

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know what is happening below your level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people increasingly undermined by not great leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Robust, iconic content, some amazing people and performers, can be a fun environment. Very good benefits.

    Cons

    Increasingly political, out of touch and vindictive leadership, high pressure, unrealistic expectations by people because they can, not because it is necessary. Depending on the group you're in, room for advancement can be limited (though good benefits help offset that).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the people who have committed years of energy, intelligence and dedication to your company and who are top performers. Right now you do not do so. Also stop being so incredibly short-sighted in terms of business cycles. You do not need an unrealistically high return every single quarter, you need to perform well over time.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    A pretty good company to work fo

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Mattel full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    There is a good culture here of people who work well together and manyh people have worked there a long time, like 30 or 40 years. Also having half day Fridays all year around is nice

    Cons

    Management can be a little quick to have layoffs when there are several slow quarters. And not the people who are responsible for the slow sales. Senior managment not great at communicating company vision

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more clear to employees about strategy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Mixed experience with IT department.

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    Current Employee - IT Director  in  El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - IT Director in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Mattel full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great experience working on enterprise projects

    Cons

    Senior management isn't engaged with their staff. They are more concerned with keeping their jobs than doing what is right for the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement 360 degree reviews.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Creative and fun, but stressful and exhausting.

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    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager  in  El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Mattel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Creative environment with wonderful people to work with.

    Cons

    Minimal work-life balance. Some positions require round the clock accessibility and assumed availability to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire younger people with more break frame ideas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    ruthless culture

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Known brand, very involved in the community. Fun products, creative people. Good benefits, lots of holidays.

    Cons

    Ruthless, highly political culture, but great at marketing themselves as otherwise. They allow lots of bad behavior -- most of leadership perpetuates the toxic culture. Very top-heavy. People are given promotions and high-level titles as rewards for technical accomplishments and fire-fighting, not because they are exceptional managers/leaders capable of developing their people and creating great teams. Last century HR processes and systems. Some people sit back and rest on their laurels while others work so hard and so much that they don't have time to have good work/life balance. If you are accomplished at corporate politics and can check your conscience at the doorway, you'll do well here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about that fable "The Emperor Has No Clothes" -- and own up to the fact that you are that naked emperor. Everyone knows it's a house of cards, but who cares when you have a name brand like Mattel? Start caring about all the dead bodies you leave in your wake. Bring in new HR leadership. Stop operating as silos and start modeling cooperation, collaboration and teamwork. Take a serious look at workloads and re-evaluate the distribution of responsibilities. Pay attention to which areas/groups of the company bear the greatest burden when multiple change initiatives are implemented simultaneously. Act like you care about more than your executive perks and bonuses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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